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December 18, 2022 - 4th Sunday of Advent: Lessons & Carols

Join us in person or live-streamed at 10AM or find our recorded service at your convenience. Details on our Worship page. Service words are below.

Prelude: A Shoot Shall Come Forth out of Jesse

A shoot shall come forth out of Jesse,

And a bud shall grow out of his roots.

The spirit of life shall be with him,

The spirit of wisdom and truth.

Then the lamb shall lie down with the leopard,

And the lion eat straw with the ox,

For the hand of a Child shall lead them

To the peaceable kingdom of God.

From out of the wells of salvation

Will he draw us the water of life;

His waist shall be girded with justice,

The heart of his heart shall be Love.

Then the lamb shall lie down with the leopard,

And the lion eat straw with the ox,

For the hand of a Child shall lead them

To the peaceable kingdom of God.

He’ll come from the end of his heaven,

And the earth shall be torn from its place;

Our lives shall be filled with his radiance

As floodwaters cover the sea.

Then the lamb shall lie down with the leopard,

And the lion eat straw with the ox,

For the hand of a Child shall lead them

To the peaceable kingdom of God.

To the peaceable kingdom of God

[A shoot shall come forth out of Jesse.]

The hand of a Child shall lead them

To the peaceable kingdom of God.



“The tradition of the Lessons & Carols service goes back to 19th century England. This special service proclaims the Word not through a sermon but through nine scripture readings, and nine accompanying carols. Today’s service honors the structure of this traditional service while incorporating scripture readings and carols to tell the Christmas story.”

Gathering Sentences (based on Isaiah 2:2-5)

In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.

Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Worship Leader: “What makes you feel connected; what makes you feel loved?”

From the voices of different generations, hear their answers:

Linda: Handwritten notes.

Keke: Casseroles.

Olexa: Being invited in.

Jayden: Reading a book together.

Linda: The passing of the peace.

Keke: Family walks.

Olexa: Youth group.

Jayden: When I see my friends at preschool.

Linda: Surprise phone calls.

Keke: Making music with other people.

Olexa: Home-cooked food.

Jayden: Belly laughs.

Linda: Eye contact.

Keke: Dinner parties.

Olexa: An inside joke.

Jayden: Hugs.

Linda: Dancing with my partner in the kitchen.

Keke: Today we light the candle of love as a reminder that from the very first generation,

God has surrounded us with love. May this good news—these threads of love—not

only weave deeper connections between neighbors, but shape our actions and allow us

to see God more clearly. light the candle.

Keke: In a lonely world, let this light shine bright. From generation to generation, we are held

in God’s love. Thanks be to God for that good news. Amen

Carol: 118 CP O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem: come and behold him, born the king of angels; O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord. God of God, Light of Light,

lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;

very God, begotten not created: Refrain

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;

glory to God in the highest: Refrain

See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle, leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear; we too will thither bend out joyful footsteps; Refrain

The First Lesson: A reading from Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Carol: 140 CP It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, to all good will from heaven's most gracious King!" The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled, and still their heavenly music floats o'er all the weary world; above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hovering wing, and ever o'er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing. Yet with the woes of sin and strife the world has suffered long; beneath the angel-strain have rolled two thousand years of wrong; and we amid our wars hear not the words of peace they bring; O listen now, and still your strife to hear the angels sing. And you, beneath life's crushing load, whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow; look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing: O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing. For lo, the days are hastening on, by prophets seen of old, when with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold: when the new heaven and earth shall own the Prince of Peace their King, and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

The Second Lesson: A reading from Isaiah 35:1-10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Carol: 154 CP Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive the King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven and nature sing. Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns: let us glad songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy. No more let wrongs and sorrow grow,

nor thorns infest the ground;

he comes to make his blessings flow

far as our sin is found,

far as our sin is found,

far as, far as our sin is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

The Third Lesson: A reading from Matthew 1:1-17

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Carol: 117 CP Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung, of Jesse's lineage coming as seers of old have sung. It came, a blossom bright amid the cold of winter, when half-spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind; with Mary we behold it,

the virgin mother kind. To show God's love aright, she bore to us a Saviour, when half-spent was the night.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air, dispel in glorious splendour the darkness everywhere; true man, yet very God, from sin and death now save us, and share our every load.

The Fourth Lesson: A reading from Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

Carol: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

The angel Gabriel from heaven came. his wings as drifted snow, his eyes a flame, All hail, said he, thou lowly maiden Mary, most highly favoured lady, Gloria.

For know a blessed Mother thou shalt be, all generations laud and honour thee, thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,

most highly favoured lady, Gloria.

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head, To me be as it pleaseth God, she said, my soul shall laud and magnify his holy Name. Most highly favoured lady, Gloria.

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born, in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn, and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say, most highly favoured lady. Gloria!

The angel Gabriel from heaven came. his wings as drifted snow, his eyes a flame, All hail, said he, thou lowly maiden Mary, most highly favoured lady,

Gloria! Gloria! Gloria.

The Fifth Lesson: a reading from Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Carol: 89 CP O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily; to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go. Refrain

O come, O come, great Lord of might,

who to your tribes on Sinai’s height

in ancient times once gave the law,

in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem; from ev’ry foe deliver them that trust your mighty pow’r to save, and give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Refrain

O come, O Key of David, come,

and open wide our heavenly home;

make safe the way that leads on high,

and close the path to misery. Refrain

O come, O Dayspring from on high

and cheer us by your drawing nigh;

disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Refrain

O come, Desire of all nations, bind

in one the hearts of humankind;

O bid our bitter conflict cease,

and be for us our Prince of Peace. Refrain

The Sixth Lesson: A reading from Luke 1:39-58

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home.

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

Carol: Canticle of the Turning

My soul cries out with a joyful shout

that the God of my heart is great,

and my spirit sings of the wondrous things

that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,

and my weakness you did not spurn,

so from east to west shall my name be blest.

Could the world be about to turn?


My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

and the world is about to turn!

Though I am small, my God, my all,

you work great things in me,

and your mercy will last from the depths of the past

to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame,

and to those who would for you yearn,

you will show your might, put the strong to flight,

for the world is about to turn. REFRAIN

From the halls of power to the fortress tower,

not a stone will be left on stone.

Let the king beware for your justice tears

ev’ry tyrant from his throne.

The hungry poor shall weep no more,

for the food they can never earn;

there are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed,

for the world is about to turn. REFRAIN

Though the nations rage from age to age,

we remember who holds us fast:

God’s mercy must deliver us

from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.

This saving word that our forebears heard

is the promise which holds us bound,

‘til the spear and rod can be crushed by God,

who is turning the world around. REFRAIN x 2

The Seventh Lesson: A reading from Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Carol: 120 CP O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,

how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

the silent stars go by; yet in thy dark streets shineth

the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years

are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary;

and, gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep

their watch of wondering love. O morning stars, together

proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King,

and peace to all the earth.

How silently, how silently

the wondrous gift is given

as love imparts to human hearts

the blessings of Gods heaven!

No ear may hear his coming;

but in this world of sin,

where meek souls will receive him, still

the dear Christ enters in.

O holy child of Bethlehem,

descend to us, we pray;

cast out or sin and enter in;

be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels

the great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us,

our Lord Emmanuel.

The Eighth Lesson: A reading from Luke 2:8-20

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Carol: Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o'er the plains, and the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see

Christ whose birth the angels sing; come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See him in a manger laid,

whom the choirs of angels praise;

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

while our hearts in love we raise.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

The Ninth Lesson: A reading from Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Offertory Carol: 139 CP The First Noël

The first Noël the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay, in fields where they lay keeping their sheep on a cold winter's night that was so deep.


Noël, Noël, Noël, Noël, born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star, shining in the east, beyond them far; and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. Refrain

And by the light of that same star three wise men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. Refrain

This star drew nigh to the northwest; o'er Bethlehem it took its rest, and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. Refrain

Then entered in those wise men three, full reverently upon the knee, and offered there in his presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense. Refrain

Then let us all with one accord

sing praises to our heavenly Lord,

who has made heaven and earth of nought,

and with his blood salvation bought. Refrain

Affirmation of Faith (based on John 1:1-14)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.

The Word was present to God from the beginning. through the Word all things came into being, and apart from the Word nothing came into being that has come into being.

In the Word was life, and that life was humanity’s light— a Light that shines in the darkness, a Light that the darkness has never overtaken.

Then came one named John, sent as an envoy form God, who came as a witness to testify about the Light so that through his testimony everyone might believe. He himself was not the Light, he came only to testify about the light.

The true Light, that illumines all humankind.

The Word was coming into the world—was in the world and though the world was made through the Word the world did not recognize it.

Though the Word came to its own realm, the Word’s own people didn’t accept it. Yet any who accept the Word, who believed in that Name, were empowered to become children of God—nor urge of flesh nor human will—but born of God.

And the Word became flesh and stayed for a little while among us; and we saw the Word’s glory, the favour and position a parent gives an only child—filled with grace, filled with truth.

Prayers of the People (Source: The United Methodist Book of Worship 279)

Holy God, heaven and earth are met this day in the newborn Child, Savior of the world.

We celebrate the birth of Jesus; for in him you come to be close to us, that we might be close to you.

Especially, we give thanks

for the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and all he means to us...

for prospects of peace in the world...

for confidence in your almighty love...

for those who generously give...

for those who graciously receive...

for the Church’s nurturing us in the faith...

God of all mercy, as you have come in Jesus Christ to be our guest,

inspire our hearts to a hospitality that welcomes all your children in his name.

Especially we pray

for those who have not heard your good news...

for the sick and suffering...

for those who know no laughter, only tears...

for those who govern and rule...

for those enslaved by tyranny...

for prisoners of addiction or abuse...

for the Church as a refuge for the needy...

All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (sung: Cameron)

Collect of the Day

Heavenly Father, who choose Mary, full of grace, to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour, now fill us with your grace, that we in all things may embrace your will and with her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


As you leave this place, may you go knowing that from generation to generation, we have been claimed and loved. From generation to generation, God has been by our side. From generation to generation, we are not alone. The God of yesterday and the God of tomorrow knows you by name, loves you, and calls you forth, saying, “Go be the person you are called to be, love wildly, do justice, and come back soon.” May it be so. Amen.



Go forth in the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!!

Postlude: Somebody Talkin’ About Jesus

Ev’rywhere I go, ev’rywhere I go, my Lord,

ev’rywhere I go, somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

They turned away Mary and Joseph from the Inn.

Somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

A baby born in Bethlehem.

Somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

Ev’rywhere I go, ev’rywhere I go, my Lord,

ev’rywhere I go, somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

Born, born of the Virgin Mary.

Somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

Born, born on Christmas Morn.

Somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

Ev’rywhere I go, ev’rywhere I go, my Lord,

ev’rywhere I go, somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.

instrumental solo

Glory be to the Newborn Babe.

Somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus. Oh.

Ev’rywhere I go, ev’rywhere I go, my Lord,

ev’rywhere I go, somebody talkin’ ‘bout Jesus.


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